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 ELCA Glocal Mission Gatherings take place across the country throughout the summer and help equip us for God’s work—globally and locally. We pray the Spirit will fill participants and gathering leaders and musicians with energy, hope and wisdom for God’s mission in the world. More prayers...  
Communion Set Needed 
Usangi Leadership and Training College in the Pare Diocese in Tanzania is in need of communion-ware with glass glasses. A set that a congregation is no longer using is fine. If interested in donating or learning more contact Mary Jo Maass by phone 319-750-1660 or by email 
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Your VBS Stories and Information
Photo courtesy Grace Lutheran Church Des Moines
Tired faces. Dragging feet. Sense of fulfillment simultaneously mixed with complete exhaustion. These are just some of the symptoms you might be suffering if you have experienced what is commonly known as VBS. On the other hand, there is the wonderful gift of sharing God's love with kids - many of whom don't otherwise share in the ministries of our congregations.

It is indeed VBS season which got us wondering - What does VBS looks like from a synod level? How many kids does our synod impact each summer? What sorts of stories stand out? What ministries are supported? If your congregation participates in a VBS ministry, please email Pastor Erika Uthe with pictures, stats, and stories so that we can put a comprehensive picture together. 
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Lutheran Disaster Response: Flooding in West Virginia
Flash flooding in West Virginia has caused the worst flooding the state has seen in more than a century. People have died, hundreds of homes are severely damaged or destroyed, and thousands of people are without power. With the threat of more rain, more damage is likely. Through congregations, synods and disaster-affiliate organizations, Lutheran Disaster Response is working to assist those who have been affected by the flooding. Lutheran Disaster Response’s network, including our coordinators in West Virginia and neighboring Ohio, have come together to address the needs of survivors. We know this will be a long road to recovery, and we will be there to accompany those impacted through every phase of this disaster. Your gifts are needed to launch effective recovery efforts. Gifts designated for “West Virginia Flooding” under “U.S. Flooding” will be used to assist those directly impacted until the response is complete. Because of your generous offerings of prayer and financial support, the ELCA walks alongside disaster survivors. Learn more online and get resources for your congregation
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Help Hope Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids in Their Response in West Virginia
In the fall of 2015, Hope Lutheran Church of Cedar Rapids committed to do a Mission Trip to assist in an impoverished area of the Appalachian Mountains. They have been planning their mission to Ronceverte, WV for July 31, 2016. While the trip was originally to help the area in general ways (e.g., electrical and construction, community service), since the floods of last week the scope of the Mission has changed dramatically. Greenbriar County was particularly hard hit, causing the destruction of infrastructure and homes.  Schools, hospitals, and community facilities were completely flooded and are filled with mud and debris.  As of June 27 the county reported 17 deaths as a result of the flood and that death toll continues to rise. The full extent of the devastation is still unknown, as it cannot be assessed until the water recedes.

Clearly the need for assistance in the area has increased hundred-fold. Resources originally obligated by the local community are now being dedicated to flood recovery and are strained.  Hope Lutheran is continuing its fundraising efforts to provide more assistance, but the need is so great is so many areas. While the focus of the Mission was to do specialty projects, it now includes many other tasks as well, such as "mucking" out flooded buildings.  The team would appreciate everyone pray to see if they are led to join the Mission so we can provide more hands for the various tasks.  Also appreciated would be consideration to making donations.  The funds donated will go directly to the flood victims through a local congregation.

If anyone is able to join the team on this Mission, please contact Debi Clark at319-533-1891 or Kris at Hope Lutheran Church at 319-365-3105. Your presence and assistance would be welcomed and appreciated!  Monetary donations can be sent to Hope at 2736 Bowling Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA  52404.

Both Hope and the victims of Greenbriar County, WV, appreciate all assistance and thank you for your continued prayers at this difficult time.
One Year to Live Men's Retreat 
September 16-18, 2016 
Poynette, WI

This is an experience for men where hearts and souls can be strengthened by the call of Christ. It is sponsored by Lutheran Men in Mission.  Over 300 men have attended OYTL's in Wisconsin since 2009.  Many have found it to be a spiritual and life impacting experience, different from any other retreats or conferences they have attended. Commitment to attend from Friday 5:30pm to closing on Sunday at 3:00pm is required.

One Year to Live Retreat video testimonies, promotional, scholarship and registration information is available at  Events/One Year to Live page.   Space is limited. Register ASAP to ensure your spot.  The $175 registration fee includes lodging, meals and retreat materials. There are discounts for early registrations, younger men and seminarians.  
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jim Schieble, call or text (920) 763-3433. 
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